A glamor-less award show saw two of Russia’s biggest stars shine brightest ahead of game 2 for the Stanley Cup final. Due to the lockout and upcoming draft, the NHL opted out of their regular Vegas spectacle and simply announced the winners via telecast.
Regardless, Sergei Bobrovsky and Alexander Ovechkin both walked away with something with Bob earning his first Vezina trophy while Ovi took league MVP. For Bobrovsky, the 24-year-old is just a week shy of being traded to Columbus where he posted a record of 21-11-6, a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage, and four shutouts. He becomes the first ever Russian to win the award. Bob also happened to be in a contract year which could see him earning significantly more money thanks to the award.
Meanwhile, Ovechkin earned his third Hart trophy becoming just the 8th player in NHL history to do so. Having lost out to Sidney Crosby for the Lindsay award, Ovechkin was awarded top honors by the league for posting 32 goals in 48 games, with 23 of them coming in his final 23 games, becoming the first three-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader in the process.
It appears Ovi is still Alex the Great after being left for dead by pundits and fans. A remarkable turnout for someone who had such an abysmal first half of the season saw him earn hockey’s top prize for an individual. All he really needs now is either a gold medal for his national team at the Olympics and the Stanley Cup. Which happens first, or ever, is anyone’s guess. Congrats to the guys who fill us Russians with pride.